Hello writers and Happy New Year!
We did it! We made it to 2021! And while the woes of 2020 didn’t magically disappear at midnight on January 1st (unfortunately), the glimmer of hope that comes with this new year is extremely comforting. We hope you all managed to have a wonderful and safe holiday season and are ready to tackle your 2021 writing goals head on!
The finals of the 2020 KWL Indie Cover Contest are being held this week. Be sure to go vote for your favourite cover before the poll closes this Sunday! And keep your eyes peeled for the KWL 2021 Reading Challenge which will be announced soon.
Before we move onto the publishing news of the week, there are a few stories wrapping up 2020. Despite everything else being more or less terrible, 2020 was actually good for the book industry.
Although 2020 was a scandal-filled year for France’s literary establishment.
And if you want to take a stroll down 2020 publishing memory lane, here are the top ten stories from the publishing world of last year.
Simon and Schuster have cancelled Senator Josh Hartley’s book deal.
Small Press Distribution is under fire after a former employee published allegations of wage left and discrimination in an article on Medium.
Publisher Weekly is launching a new US Book Trade Fair.
A phishing scheme has been targeting authors and their editors.
Former New York state poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Jean Valentine died over the holidays.
Bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey passed away this week at 59.
Barry Lopez, author of National Book Award winner Arctic Dreams, has passed away.
The Canada Reads longlist for 2021 has been revealed.
The Royal Mint released a commemorative coin to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of HG Wells, but fans of the science fiction pioneer have noticed the coin is rife with errors.
The Duchess of Cornwall is starting her own book club
As it looks like lockdowns are going to continue throughout a lot of the world, maybe it’s time to start a new project like binding your own books.
If you’re hoping to read more translated works in the new year (and if you want to complete the yet-to-be-announced KWL 2021 reading challenge you may want to try), here’s a list of translations coming out in 2021.
And finally, now that the best of 2020 book lists are over and done with, it’s time to look forward to highly anticipated books coming out in 2021!
Lit Hub’s most anticipated books
Bookmark’s most anticipated sci-fi and fantasy
CrimeReads most anticipated crime books
What books are you looking forward to in 2021? And don’t forget to let us know about the titles you’re releasing this year!
Tara, Senior Manager, Author Experience
“I listened to the audiobook to listen to Kae’s voice and also read the eBook so I could stop and make highlights. This book was a nice read for the end of 2020 as it talks about the importance of artistic connection and how that’s been difficult during pandemic lockdowns. Kae’s writing is thoughtful and smooth, as expected from their poetry. They talk about what inspires them and how they refresh when inspiration has diminished. A recommendation for anyone that’s looking for a little creative nudge.”